A tribute to the cultural heritage of neighboring states
In 2008 the monument to Kurmangazy Sagyrbaev was opened in Astrakhan. He is a Kazakh folk musiciam, composer and dombra player. The monument is a present of the Kazakhstan Government for 450 anniversary of Astrakhan.
The six-meter composition is a bronze sculpture of Kurmangazy Sagyrbaev on a horse, in his hands the composer holds a dombra. The basement of the monument is a meter high and the pedestal is 3 meter high. Its authors are sculptors Toktarbek Rakhiev and Edigue Rakhmanov. The monument is situated at the intersection of Soviet and Kalinin streets.
The Kazakh folk musician, composer and dombra players has a great influence on Kazakh music culture development. He was born in 1823 and was studying music since childhood.
The features of Kurmangazy Sagyrbaev Cuis (songs) are melody, harmony and elements of polyphonic development. He brought intonations of Russian folk songs to the Kazakh music. A lot of Kurmangazy Sagyrbaev’s works were later arranged for string ensembles, piano and symphonic orchestra.
One of the first songs by Kurmangazy “Kishkentai” (“Little”) is dedicated to the Kazakh popular uprising of Bukei horde (1836-1837). For the criticism of the rich bar the composer was chased.
The composer is buried in Altynzhar village in Astrakhan region. After 100 years a mauspleum was set at the musician’s grave. In 2005 nearby there was opened a cultural center named after Kurmangazy and a museum.